Oct 22, 2018
10am - 8pm
Oct 10-14, 2018
Beaches Recreation Centre
6 Williamson Rd
Secord Community Centre
91 Barrington Ave.
Due to Doug Ford’s attempt to change the rules in the middle of an election, the city was forced to scramble to change to a 25 ward model, twice. The boundaries for the new Ward 19 are here. After the latest court ruling we finally have clarity, even though the law cleaving council is likely unconstitutional.
In the last municipal election the city instituted a donation rebate program for donors to get a portion of their donation back.
Unlike the province or the feds, it does not come in the form of tax rebates, but rather a cheque.
The city is piloting an in-house voting system for housebound residents, an excellent development considering our aging population.
There are also many other opportunities to assist people in voting such as proxy voting, curbside voting, and voter assist terminals.
More info here >
I have been very publicly vocal about my opposition to Doug Ford changing the rules and scope of our election in the middle of the campaign without any public consultation. Even members of his caucus didn't see it coming.
It was vengeful, vindictive, spiteful, cynical, disrespectful, and was clearly designed to cause discord and chaos.
Thankfully I was lucky(?) to have registered later than my fellow candidates (literally 2 hours before Ford made his surprise pronouncement), and had not spent any money on campaign materials.
However, it has still deeply affected my campaign, as I have not been able to properly plan. Until recently, I had no idea what the scope of the ward was going to be, and I was not expecting to campaign outside of the ward I have been living in and focused on for many years.
Everyone has heard the many reasons why Ford’s move is a bad idea:
- It changed the rules in the middle of the game.
- It created voter nonparity in places like downtown
- It is triggering protests and class actions lawsuits
- It pits more candidates against each other—essentially doubling the size of the competition.
But for me, the biggest problem is service levels.
If people thought it was hard to get a hold of their councillor before, it will be twice as difficult now. The needs of residents at the municipal level do not compare to the provincial or federal level.
We’re not talking about macro-level policies or far reaching legislation, we’re talking about people’s day-to-day needs: speeding cars on side streets, drainage issues, parking, local business, parks, etc.
The list of what city councillors have to address with residents is huge compared to higher levels of government. People don’t contact their MPP when a tree falls down in their yard or a there’s a massive pothole in their street.
If we want responsive representation, we need councillors that are accountable to their residents—not unreachable.
The irony of course, is that even with council cut in half, councillors’ staff will still have to double in order to handle the volume of resident concerns.
Not only will there be few if any savings, the cost of the coming lawsuits will ensure the province loses money, and it’s already costing the city more for the clerk’s office to scramble to deal with the changes.
All of Toronto loses with this kind of electoral sabotage.
As outlined in my long-term vision for the city, as councillor I support changes to make Toronto independent of such arbitrary and disruptive interference.